Jeff Ross on Roasting, Comedy and His Brand-new Material

July 30, 2014 5:58 PM

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Jeff Ross on Roasting, Comedy and His Brand-new Material

Verbal spars often make for great comedy and if there's anybody who can give good comedic tongue, it's Jeff Ross. Dubbed Roastmaster General by Comedy Central after numerous gut-busting verbal assaults on the network's popular celebrity roasts -- Joan Rivers, Charlie Sheen, James Franco, et al -- Ross has elevated roasting into an art form. He even nabbed his own Comedy Central series, The Burn, early last year -- it found the comic and his cohorts grilling hot topics and current events.

Curiously, Ross, New Jersey-bred and full of pluck, never set out to be a comic. He credits early influences like Steve Martin and Cheech & Chong, but it wasn't until long-time buddy Mark Chapin, who co-produced Ross' surprisingly layered documentary, Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie, nudged h...

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